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Colbert Swing Bridge in Dieppe, Normandy, France

Contemporaneous with the Eiffel Tower and using the same building techniques and materials (puddled iron), the Colbert Bridge is the last large swing bridge still operating in Europe with its original system of hydraulic pression. Designed by the engineer Paul

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Convent of St. Anthony of Padua, Extremadura, Spain

Built in the late 15th century and greatly renovated and expanded in the mid-17th century, the Franciscan Convent of St. Anthony of Padua was for centuries a religious and cultural landmark in western Spain. It is situated in the village

Posted in 2016, Shortlist, Spain

Mavisbank House, near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Sitting in a secluded location close to Edinburgh, above the river North Esk, Mavisbank is one of the most significant works of architecture of early 18th century Scotland. The building was designed by William Adam, the foremost architect in Scotland

Posted in 2016, Shortlist, United Kingdom

Valflores Palace and Estate, near Lisbon, Portugal

The Valflores Palace is a fine example of 16th century residential architecture in Portugal and a rare case of such a building with Renaissance style characteristics. Integrated in a 4.5-hectare estate, the palace is prominently located in Santa Iria de

Posted in 2016, Portugal, Shortlist

Kampos of Chios, island of Chios, Greece

Kampos is located on the island of Chios in the east Aegean. It is a semi‐rural area within the city limits that exemplifies the coexistence of Byzantine, Genoese and local architectural styles and influences, dating back to the 14th century.

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Helsinki-Malmi Airport, Finland

Helsinki‐Malmi is an international airport built in the mid‐1930s in the functionalist architectural style as part of a larger ensemble in Helsinki which was intended to serve the 1940 Helsinki Olympic Games, cancelled due to World War II. It is

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Patarei Sea Fort in Tallinn, Estonia

Located on the coast of Tallinn, Patarei Sea Fort is the largest and most impressive classicist style defence ensemble in Estonia. Its construction was started in 1829 by order of the Russian Czar Nicholas I and it was completed in 1840. Spreading

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Palace of Justice in Brussels, Belgium

Sitting on a high plateau overlooking the historic centre of Brussels, the Palace of Justice, home of Brussels’ courts of Justice, was the largest building erected in Europe in the 19th century. Designed by the Belgian architect Joseph Poelaert, this

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Castle Rijswijk, Gelderland province, the Netherlands

Castle Rijswijk is a 14th century manor house with an early-20th century farmhouse attached to it. Located near the village of Groessen in the province of Gelderland, it was used initially as a defensive structure. Although significantly altered in the

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Castle in Divitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Schloss Divitz is a historic moated castle in the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, near the Baltic Sea. The site consists of the main building, auxiliary constructions, a landscaped garden and additional gardens. The oldest surviving parts of the mansion

Posted in 2016, Germany, Shortlist